Meeting on November 10th

Next meeting

 The next AITEN meeting will take place on November 10th (Friday) – we will keep going with the preparation of the comedy night, and the video making project started with Amnesty Youth group. We especially need people with camera skills (and equipment!) to realize this plan and it will be an active session, trying out ideas and drawing up detailed plans. So please try to come – and if you can’t, let us know any other ways you might be able to help. Bringing more young people into AI is a very important priority. We hope we might get other schools involved – YIS and ISSH for starters perhaps.
We’ll continue our letter-writing activities to support prisoners of conscience and oppressed people all around the world.
Place: Amnesty international Japan Office, Kanda

Next events

Workshop tour by Chen Guangcheng,

the blind Chinese civil rights activist who now lives in the USA. The Tokyo date is October 29 (Sun) and there will be a session on the 28th in Kamakura.  Here is the info in Japanese: http://www.amnesty.or.jp/human-rights/speaking_tour/2017/

1st Stand-up Comedy Night with AITEN !

at Good Heavens, in Shimokitazawa, on December 6th (Wednesday) from 7pm. Please come along with your friends to have a good laugh ! Profits will go to Amnesty International Japan.
 

Upcoming AIJ events of interest

* Film events on Oct 11th and 25th and Nov 9th & 28th – public showing of sections of The Human Rights, a series of live concerts with U2 and other amazing musicians between 1986 and 1998. These will be held in Shimokitazawa Garden. Tickets are 1,800 in advance and 2,300 on the day. More info on this later.
* On Dec 27th AIJ plans a huge live-house event in Shibuya. Watch this space.
 
Keep your eye on the many on-line AI campaigns and please think of how you can help our new video project.
 

Next meeting on October 3rd (Tuesday)

Video project about to start !

Last meeting on September 13th, we met with Mariko, the AI Youth coordinator. Plans are afoot to work on making videos for young people together in both English and Japanese. The youth group has university and high school members and has some exciting plans for a youth camp in December on gender issues and a workshop tour by Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese civil rights activist who now lives in the USA. The Tokyo date is October 29 (Sun) and there will be a session on the 28th in Kamakura.
We finished the evening by writing letters about a young student imprisoned in Thailand for sharing an article about the King on his blog – and a US citizen facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia despite lack of evidence.
 
At the next AITEN meeting – October 3rd (Tue) – we want to bring together all those who’d like to get involved in any way in the video making project. We especially need people with camera skills (and equipment!) to realize this plan and it will be an active session, trying out ideas and drawing up detailed plans. So please try to come – and if you can’t, let us know any other ways you might be able to help. Bringing more young people into AI is a very important priority. We hope we might get other schools involved – YIS and ISSH for starters perhaps.
 
March against the Conspiracy Law September 15th
Conspire for Freedom: A protest march on the new Conspiracy Law went from Hibiya Park to Ginza on Friday evening (15th). Amnesty International joined with Greenpeace & other groups. The Justice Ministry predicted at the outset that this law could affect NGOs working on human rights & the environment!! Many rights are likely to be eroded and there’s a dangerous lack of clarity as the law stands.
 

Upcoming AIJ events of interest

* Film events on Oct 11th and 25th and Nov 9th & 28th – public showing of sections of The Human Rights, a series of live concerts with U2 and other amazing musicians between 1986 and 1998. These will be held in Shimokitazawa Garden. Tickets are 1,800 in advance and 2,300 on the day. More info on this later.
* On Dec 27th AIJ plans a huge live-house event in Shibuya. Watch this space.
 
Keep your eye on the many on-line AI campaigns and please think of how you can help our new video project.
 
Finally: On Oct. 1st (Sun) 6pm AITEN will appear onstage at What the Dickens. The plan is to read a few poems on Human Rights issues. Please join us if you can. If not PLEASE SEND YOUR SUGGESTIONS.

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

How to make sure that decisions taken by the A.I., on which we rely more and more, will preserve and be centered on fundamental Human Rights ? How is it already impacting people’s lives ?

A very interesting post from Amnesty Global Insights on Medium.

https://medium.com/amnesty-insights/artificial-intelligence-the-technology-that-threatens-to-overhaul-our-rights-e36d6e6daa47

Free Taner, Amnesty’s chair jailed in Turkey !

Demonstration at the Turkish embassy in Japan on June 15th !

AITEN members joined AI Japan last week to protest and urge the Turkish authorities to free Taner Kiliç. The Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey and wrongly accused of membership of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup.

Turkey: drop the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and release him immediately

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/free-taner/

Demo at the Turkish embassy

Next AITEN’s Movie Night on Sunday 11th

Movie Night

Conviction (2010), starring Hilary SWANK and Sam ROCKWELL, dramatizes the true story of Betty Anne Waters—a high school drop-out single mother with two children and a blue-collar job—whose brother, Kenny, was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Unable to pay for a competent defense lawyer to appeal Kenny’s case, Betty Anne decided to devote herself to study to become that lawyer. 18 years later, in 2001, Kenny was released!

AITEN invites you to enjoy the award-winning movie of this amazing story at Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa this coming Sunday, June 11, at 5PM.

Next meeting

AITEN is the Amnesty International Tokyo English Network, a group of people living / working in Tokyo who get together to educate and agitate for human rights worldwide . Come and meet us—with no obligation to join— at our next meeting: Weds  June 14th at the AIJ Japan office

AITEN events and meetings in March 18th -20th – 21th !

1. This Saturday, 18th March 2017, Sacred Heart International School
will hold their annual Family Festival.

And again this year the organizers have waived the fee for the table so that AITEN members and supporters can ask
people to write and/or sign cards for Prisoners of Conscience, to buy AI goods or make a  donation, and can support and exchange ideas with the school AI group.
There is food and drink from around the world, an amazing range of stuff to buy, and the festival will go ahead rain or shine, so come to Hiroo subway station on
the Hibiya Line (one stop from Ebisu), enjoy the festival (it runs from 10:00 to 16:00), and help out on our table for an hour or so.
We really need your help!
Poster for the festival:
https://www.issh.ac.jp/community/news-and-updates

2.  Next AITEN public meeting is on Monday 20th March  2017 (4 ~ 6:30pm).
      “The Witch-hunts of the McCarthy Era and HUAC, and its lessons
for us today.”

The discussion will be introduced by showing clips from the recent movie “Trumbo,” (English only, running time 120 mins)
starring Brian Cranston. (A version with J subtitles is due in mid-May). Trumbo trailer here.

Come, watch, discuss.

Free admission. No cover charge. Food and great beer available.
The place is the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. (Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/hyTaYmktcfQ2)

3. AITEN monthly meeting on Tuesday 21st March at the AIJ office.

We’ll be letter-writing and event planning (including what we will do at What the Dickens on Sunday, 2nd April and on Earth Day Weekend at Yoyogi
Park on April 22/23). All welcome, no obligation to join.
Map to Amnesty’s office in Kanda: https://goo.gl/maps/HV1KqMrxg2C2

Hope to see you at one or more of those. Please forward this notice to
people you know.

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

AITEN meeting on February 21st (Tuesday)

Hello everyone, get ready for our next meeting on February 21st (Tuesday) !

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 21st, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link

AITEN meeting on January 17th (Tuesday)

Happy New Year 2017 ! Best wishes to all of you !

The first meeting of the year will be on January 17th (Tuesday).

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

Don’t forget to check as well the Film Festival organized by Amnesty International Japan in January (28-29) !

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 17th, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link

AITEN meeting on December 13th (Tuesday)

Hello everyone, our next meeting will be hold on December 13th (Tuesday).

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

Close Guantanamo ! campaign,

  • we will take a countdown picture to ask President Obama to keep his promise. http://www.closeguantanamo.org/
  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world in the context of the WRITE FOR RIGHTS campaign going on globally. Last event we wrote more than 50 letters to support various people !

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 13th, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link